Public Affairs Student Internships
Criminal Justice Internship - Undergraduate
This course provides Criminal Justice seniors with applied experience in their field of interest. Students are typically placed in a government agency or nonprofit organization. This course fulfills the practicum requirement for graduation and can also be used as an elective. Students are permitted to enroll in the course two times, earning a total of six units. All students work under the joint supervision of the Course Instructor and agency internship supervisor.
Public Administration Internship - Undergraduate
This course provides Public Administration seniors with practical experience in applying for professional positions and working in the public or nonprofit sector. Students are assisted through the application process for pre-approved field work assignments that are specifically developed for students in PA 498. Students are typically placed in a government agency or nonprofit organization and perform duties of an administrative nature. This course fulfills a graduation requirement and can also be used as an elective. Students are permitted to enroll in the course two times, during consecutive semesters, earning a total of six units. All students will work under the joint supervision of the course instructor and agency internship supervisor.
The internship course is the cornerstone of graduate students’ experience in public administration. A public service internship is essential for a student’s ability to practically apply classroom theory and successfully achieve employment in the public or non-profit sector following graduation. It is for this reason that all MPA students are required to register for and complete 12 units of PA 796, which includes a minimum of 480 hours of internship experience. Students who have had considerable experience in the public sector, or who are currently working in the public sector, will likely be permitted to waive some or all of the internship requirements. Please see the School of Public Affairs’ website for information on the Internship Waiver Request process.
The internship in urban planning is an important component to the MCP program at it supports the student’s ability to practically apply classroom theory to addressing urban planning issues while successfully positioning the student for professional employment after graduation. Internships may take place in public or non-profit sector agencies or private firms and involve tasks such as the preparation of community plan updates, researching and compiling data, GIS mapping, facilitating public outreach and information campaigns and other duties to support important urban and regional planning policy.
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain ‘real world’ criminal justice and/or related social services system experience, and to assess and compare these experiences with scholarly criminal justice/criminology literature on such programs, services, practitioners, offenders and/or victims. The class requires students to complete a minimum of 120 service hours in a criminal justice (or related) organization, attend workshops and meetings on professionalism and ethical decision making, complete professional development writing assignments and to write a research paper.